Appeals & Response Plans
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- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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There are many parts of the world suffering from malnutrition and hunger that adversely affect mental and physical growth of the affected individuals. Many a times, these effects are irreversible. Apart from being an unacceptable phenomenon morally, hunger also acts as an obstruction to the economic and social growth of the poorest nations. Recent food crises and economic downturns have further deteriorated the situation especially in areas like the Horn of Africa and Sahel.
On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, Muslim Aid joins international development agencies, non-governmental organisations and community based organisations which are making efforts to provide people with access to safe, clean water and sanitation to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases and boost agricultural production.
Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.
But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.
Muslim Aid today launched an urgent emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the severe drought and malnutrition occurring in the countries of eastern Horn of Africa.
An estimated 10 million people in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan are at risk of starvation. A shortage of food, water and medicines, made worse by persistent drought conditions in the region have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in camps in Mogadishu, as well as on the border of Northern Kenya and Ethiopia.
Muslim Aid has already sent out =A325,000 worth of aid to Somalia, which has been used to purchase and distribute mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheets, medicine, and food aid. Muslim Aid's Mogadishu office has sent a team to the Lower Jubba area with extra drugs, especially cholera kits, to the affected areas, after reports of cholera emerged from the area.
"The floods seem to be intensifying, reaching to new places every hour, from Beletweyn in central Somalia to the Lower Jubba regions," observed Ahmed Muhummed, country director of Muslim Aid's Somalia office.
In the light of the worsening drought situation in the Horn of Africa, Muslim Aid has increased its assistance to those suffering from food and water shortages in the region.
Muslim Aid's UK office has contributed an additional £37,500, while Muslim Aid Australia will be donating more than £12,000 towards the distribution of food, water and medical supplies to those affected by the drought in Somalia. Muslim Aid is now providing more than £124,000 to those suffering from famine in Somalia and Kenya.
The severe drought that has gripped the Horn of Africa has worsened, according to Muslim Aid relief workers in the field.
A severe drought has gripped the Horn of Africa, and people in southern Somalia are starting to die from thirst in the worst drought in over 40 years in some parts of the country.
Muslim Aid has come to the assistance of those suffering from a severe drought in Kenya, which is threatening to put up to 2.5 million people in the country at the risk of famine.
Nomadic farmers in the arid wastelands of northern Kenya are dying with their cattle, and so far scores of people, mainly children, have already died.